Before each conference week begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for the author/editors to review. Each author will edit the pages ahead of time and, during the retreat, offer advice in one-on-one sessions. They’ll also offer group classes, lead activities and discussions, and even teach necessary marketing skills. A unique feature of these conferences—the individual attention—means each week is flexible enough to engage and challenge writers of all levels—from the novice to the advanced, published author.

If you want one-on-one time with dynamite authors and editors while experiencing the beguiling splendor of Ireland, read further to find out more.

July 9 through 16 2017
Conference with Tours of Counties Galway, Mayo & Clare


multi-published author & editor,

Heather Webb is the author of historical novels BECOMING JOSEPHINE and RODIN’S LOVER, which have sold in six countries and have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, France Magazine, Elle, and the The New York Journal of Books, as well as received national starred reviews. RODIN’S LOVER was a Goodreads Pick of the month in 2015. LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, an epistolary love story set during WWI will release in fall 2017 from Harper Collins. Heather is also a professional freelance editor whose clients have won awards, and had success with indie presses, as well as Big Five publishers. Heather contributes to the award-winning writing sites WriterUnboxed.com and Writers in the Storm. You can learn more about her at http://www.heatherwebbauthor.com/


 multi-published author,

Lorie Langdon is one half of the author team that writes the best-selling DOON series, a young adult reimagining of the musical Brigadoon. A full time writer, Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment Weekly.com and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high profile sites as USAToday.com, Hypable.com, and BroadwayWorld.com. Lorie’s solo debut, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, released in 2016. GILT HOLLOW was recently named by Redbook Magazine as one of the “Books By Women You Must Read This Fall,” and they referred to it as, “…a heart pounding thriller.” Lorie has spoken and taught at schools and writing conferences across the country, she's judged multiple RWA writing contests, and is a contributing editor on several short story compilations. Learn more about Lorie at her website: http://www.lorielangdon.com/

Between them, Heather and Lorie have had eight novels published, and have mentored a multitude of writers who are enjoying their own successes. When it comes to understanding what a query needs to grab an agent’s attention, and what keeps readers turning pages, these ladies have your back.

During the conference week, the authors will teach a variety of craft topics as well as lead in-depth workshops applicable to your current work in progress. They'll also share their personal editing techniques, and provide professional feedback. You'll leave the Emerald Isle with memories of faerie forests and castles, and ammunition to make your story stand out.

If you’re ready to take your writing seriously, and make long range career plans, join us for this week in the beautiful west of Ireland.

Your conference and tour base will be a tiny village in the west of Ireland. This tranquil setting is home to quite a few artists, musicians and writers because of its inspiring atmosphere. The peace and dramatic beauty of the area can have a profound effect on your writing. At the same time, you'll be touring throughout the western half of the country to the varied sights listed below. 
Our Tour begins at 2:00pm with a shuttle pick up in Galway City
Participants are whisked away to the hotel where they can freshen up before -
A tour of a 14th Century Abbey, the best-preserved ruin of its type
Evening - Back to your hotel for a brief rest before the welcoming banquet and a talk from our featured author/editors. 
A tour of -
  • 12th Century Castle 
  • Ancient Stone Circle 
  • A Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend 
  • 7th Century Abbey 
  • Picnic lunch on the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland 
  • A hike though an ancient forest to a cave with eerie true stories 
  • Dinner at your leisure in the village
A full day of writers conference, exercises and individual editing, with a break for lunch
6pm onwards - a trip to Galway City for dinner and a pub crawl
A tour of -
  • Beautiful bay with picturesque sailboats and currachs 
  • A castle featured in so many photos, you’re sure to recognize it! 
  • Cliffs of Moher – possibly the most photographed and breath-taking scenery in Ireland
  • Small town famous for its dramatic beach, designer craft shop
  • The Burren
  • The most famous dolmen in Ireland, a burial site of ancient king
  • Famous castle home of an infamous 18th century heroine who inspired loads of spooky tales.
  • Dinner in a thatched "cottage" restaurant
A full day of writers conference, exercises and editing, with a break for lunch
Dinner at a 15th century haunted castle
The day begins with a ferry ride to Inis Mór, the largest Aran Island off the coast of Galway 
Once there, you may wish to take a pony and trap tour or a van tour of the island (extra charge), but the island is small enough to walk to the attractions, including Dún Aengus, the prehistoric ring fort perched on cliffs high above the ocean, an ancient holy well and, of course, the famous Aran handknit sweaters (available on the island at a greatly reduced price). 
Writing sessions by the lake (weather permitting) or classes indoors. 
Afternoon and early evening tour of Connemara, including 
yet another castle, and a musical instrument workshop, home of the bodhrán.

We say our good-byes and the shuttle returns you to Galway station

*These tours involve walking and possibly a bit of low climbing 

 Each conference/tour will be limited to twelve participants to assure individual attention, and each retreat will be tailored to the needs of the writers who enroll.